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This is dangerously close to “game over” for some players in China: if you are under 18 and a fan of video games, you are now limited to only three hours of play per week.
In an effort to tackle video game addiction among children, China’s National Press and Publishing Administration is tightening the reins on what online game companies are allowed to offer young users, reported Monday. the national news agency Xinhua.
Under the new mandates, companies are prohibited from offering their services to children outside a small window of time: those under 18 can only access online games on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and only between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m., according to the report. Minors are also allowed to play on national holidays.
The new rules also state that companies must make sure players use their real names to register and prevent anyone who is not using their real identity from logging in anyway., Xinhua reports, possibly as a way to ensure compliance with the new restrictions.
This is not the first time that China has approved measures to restrict play among children and adolescents. In 2019, new rules required minors to only play online games for a maximum of 90 minutes per day, and they were not allowed to play between 10 p.m. and 8 a.m. at all. Real names and phone numbers were then also required. .
The 2019 measures also limited the monthly amount that underage players could spend on microtransactions, with the maximum amount ranging from $ 28 to $ 57. Not a bad idea, if you ask some: Microtransactions, which allow game companies to make money even on free games by offering or sometimes requiring in-game purchases, are a frequent source of trading ailments. head among players.